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criticized fox news about certain things, and didn't really have this facts in line. >> you know, i missed the press release. i didn't know they were bringing back beevis and butthead. look, i wish i could tell you the story ended right there, but bill won't give it up. he jumped deeper into the hole, the foxhole last night. >> as we all know the prison option was taken off the table when the final obama care bill was being debated. that's what we were talking to senator coburn about. the final bill debate. not all that stuff. so what i said is absolutely true. nobody at fox news reported inaccurately about the obama care prison situation. nobody. >> oh, wait a minute, now. hold the phone. nobody cover the health care debate in this country on cable more than i did. okay? from day one when i got here that's what we talked about. now, i haven't heard anything about the prison option because it didn't exist. okay. so we did our research.
we checked with factcheck.org today, and we also called senator tom harkin's office who just happens to be the chairman of the health committee. both say o'reilly is wrong. now, if that's got good enough for you, take a look at congressman ron kind. here he is questioning the head of the irs, douglas shoalman, in a ways and means committee hearing. >> and no taxpayer is going to be summit to any irs liens or levys or jail time for failing to disclose insurance requirements to the irs? >> that is what the legislation calls for, yes. >> you know, i think this story speaks volumes about o'reilly's journalistic judgment and desire for the truth. he can't just stop digging into the hole, can he? it's always been the pattern at the right wing network across the street. they're masters at lying and spinning even in the no-spin zone. people buy this garbage and treat it like gospel.
this is how conservatives have manipulated the conversation on the health care debate and stimulus package, but of course they both staffed. earlier this week i told the national action network this. "we have to be very cognizant of the fact 90% of the electronic media in this country is owned, operated, programmed and controlled by conservatives. they made a concerted effort during and before the reagan years that they were going to get the microphone. the fact is we have conservatives on the air electioneering. that goes for radio and tv. it's interesting. just last night fox news pulled sean happnnity away from a starring role in a tea party rally. rupert murdoch recently said the network should not be supporting the tea party movement. hannity was set to broadcast and cheerlead thursday night for the tea party crowd in cincinnati but was forced to come back to new york thursday evening after network executives learned of the whole plan and thought it was unacceptable. cincinnati tea party founding mike wilson blames media matters
for the fox news executives caving in. get your cell phones out. i want to know what you think about this tonight. tonight's text survey is, do you think o'reilly and hannity deliberately lie to their viewers? text "a" for yes and "b" for no to 622639. we'll bring you the results later on in the show. joining me now is eric burns of media matters for america. eric, good to have you on tonight. >> thanks for having me. >> i guess in all of my years of radio and television i've never seen an anchor of this stature in the industry make up something to cover his backside for a lie. is this an absolute test case plus "a"-positive story? >> look, you know, you might be able to compare his efforts to cover up the lie with, you know, with other folks at fox news, ed. that would be the only possible comparison. bill o'reilly even he kind of stands alone. just to show you how bad it is,
you know, we did a little more digging and found out two days before -- two days before the final passage of the final bill, bill hemmer was pushing the same lie on fox news. and just this last saturday almost a month after the health care bill was signed into law we had folks on fox business network pushing the same lie. so it's beyond open and shut case. the takeaway here about bill o'reilly is, you know, he's tried to paint himself this year as kind of the reasonable voice and reasonable man. the truth is he's just the same old bill. >> well, you know, i take a look at this story, and i see a guy who is ginning up an angle. we called senator harkin's office today. there's never been anything known throughout this whole debate as the prison option. >> i know. >> now, this is flat-out making stuff up. >> absolutely. >> now, do you find him making stuff up on other stories in your research over the years?
>> of course we do. we see a pattern of it every day. i mean, look, fox news is the very definition, unfortunately, of the big lie. this is how they do business. and they depend on being able to, you know, orchestrate and push these lies, scare people to advance their political agenda and to do so deliberately, but then they can't ever admit that they were lying because the minute that they do, you know, it hurts them with their advertisers. >> have you ever seen him come back show after show and make stuff up to cover their tracks? >> usually they'll just ignore you and move on and keep on lying. i mean, that's the general pattern. >> he is definitely punching down on this. >> bill o'reilly's got thin skin. you and i both know that. he likes to pretend to take his honor and integrity seriously. i think what this really shows is he just doesn't have any. if he did he would just man up and say, hey, you know what, i was wrong. that's the right thing to do because he is wrong and the
evidence isser refutable. >> it is amizing and amazing people follow this stuff. eric burns, appreciate your time. ga great work as always. robert greenwald is with us, he made the documentary "out foxed." no man has followed the career of bill o'reilly and his lies more than this gentleman. i have to ask you, mr. greenwald, is this one for the archives? >> it's -- it's pretty -- it's a pretty -- it's way up there, ed, let me say. it's way up there. you nailed it at the beginning of the show. the problem is o'reilly said he had done some research. they don't know how to research over there. he's never done it. never will do it. and this is more evidence of that. we see this pattern over and over again. just about two years ago we did a video showing that there were homeless vets in america and o'reilly came on and said, no, there are no such thing as homeless vets. we had the visual evidence. >> yeah. he does a lot of this. he makes stuff up and has done it for years. what's interesting here is that
most of the time, correct me if i'm wrong, the fox anchors are always on the same page pushing the same angles with the two, three, or four key words in the story. this time neil kuvuto came out and said, no, we checked it out and we did say this on the air, yet o'reilly is still going at it. is this a first? >> i think so. i think we should start a campaign that neil kuvuto should be fired from fox for disagreeing with bill o'reilly. we know he doesn't like anybody to disagree with him. >> to the correspondents in your research over the years to the same thing? how am i supposed to as a news consumer watch major garrett stand out in front of the white house when i know o'reilly bends the story and lies and tries to make stuff up to ever to his backside? how do we know their correspondents aren't doing that? >> well, they are doing it. as we came out in the "out foxed" movie, ed, with their memos, i don't know if they still get them, because our
access as you can imagine has been cut off. they'd get daily memos telling them how to talk about the news, what the point of view should be and what they can say and not say. that's not news. that's a political propaganda campaign. >> is this unusual that rupert murdoch said a few days ago none of his people should be aligning themselves with the tea party, then of course apull hannity back from cincinnati when he was supposed to be up on stage and he's been seen at tea party rallies, for instance, holding up signs of congressional members like he did in minnesota. i believe he was waving a sign of michele bachmann. so is this a first for fox that they would pull somebody off the assignment because it might look bad? >> well, not only would it look bad, he was out fund-raising. the tea party people were selling tickets to that event using sean hannity's presence to raise money. and the fact that murdoch said this is not acceptable or i'll look into it in some way, i think gives all of us an opening
to push very hard when they do that and say, wait a minute, murdoch says you're not supposed to be doing this. aren't you listening to your boss over there? >> i think of all the things, mr. greenwald, they've been talking about with barack obama. isn't it time for another "out foxed" documentary? >> well, ed, we don't have 10 or 15 hours to do a movie. >> you've got to get back to work, robert. just because it's friday evening, come on. >> okay. i'm starting tonight. >> good to have you with us tonight. i appreciate your time tonight. i guess that's how it goes in cable, folks. just throw it out there. doesn't matter what the story is, just throw it out there. if you have viewers, heck, you can do whatever you want. unbelievable. coming up, only a few thousand, get this, only a few thousand showed up for their big anti-tax rally in washington, d.c. yesterday? poor showing, tea partyers. house minority leader john boehner thinks because most of them are so comfy at home in
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welcome back to "the ed show." thanks for watching tonight. this is a big one. internal cia document released thursday bringing new details to light about the agency's cover-up of torture during the bush administration. the memo reveals former cia -- former director of the cia porters go agreed with decision made by the agency's top officer clandestine to destroy videotape evidence after waterboarding. if the tape got out it would be devastating to the cia and possibly prove shooter was a war criminal. for more, turn to former cia officer jack rice. good to have you on tonight on this very important story. this could be a blockbuster before it's over with. as a former agent of the cia, can you tell us, is this standard operating procedure to destroy tapes? >> no, it's not. in fact, this is completely
illogical unless you're trying to hide this. the reason you make tapes in the first place, you want to see what's effective. if torture is effective in the minds of some, what you're literally trying to figure out is when did this people crack? i look at this as darkly as i can in the most dark manner possible. you keep those tapes. you can use them to reference later. that's why you keep them. if the reason you destroyed them is because you're trying to hide what you did. >> okay. if the bush add stras and cia thought they were on legal ground on safe territory, why would they destroy them? >> that's a great point. in fact, what i'm hearing is that they're concerned they were not on legal ground. they actual knew they had gone beyond the parameters of the justice department. i guess the thing that's really frustrating for me is i look back at the bush administration, and frankly, look forward to the obama administration and i still haven't seen prosecutions on this thing. to some degree i blame both sides, if you want to call it that. >> the agency's top officer,
clandestine operations, he swings a big stick at the agency, does he not? >> without question, he's known as the -- >> he swings a big stick in the agency. so if he comes up and says, holy smokes, we got to get rid of these tapes, we got to destroy this stuff, porter says get rid of it, is that illegal activity? >> yes. it is. especially if what you're finding, above them, even if there's an investigation going on that says do not destroy something that may be evidence, even if it comes from, in this case, rodriguez was what is known as ddo, he is the head spy at the cia, just under porter. >> he would know if something was wrong with these interrogations. >> without question. >> and in the meantime, you had dick cheney out there defending waterboarding. we had this big discussion in this country. of course, their defense was that it, you know, stopped terrorists from hitting us again. and that was made to be false
later on. here's the bigger question now as we move forward. the obama administration has been very reluctant to go back and dig into the operations of the bush administration. and seek prosecution. do you think this changes anything? >> i don't know if it will. i was at the white house when robert gibbs aim out and said they were not going to release the photos from abu ghraib. i also recall president obama saying specifically he wanted to look forward and not look backward. the problem is, it's a false dichotomy. you have to look backward to understand what it is we have done and the damage we have committed. that way you can look forward clearly and honestly. this president must do that. i'm still waiting for that. >> okay. so you think president obama, the administration and the justice department, the fbi, should join forces here, get on the same page and go full speed ahead to get to the bottom of this and possibly criminal charges? >> without question. i mean, clear this thing up one way or another and make it as
transparent as possible not just for the american people but also for the world. we're trying recruit 1.5 billion muslims to convince them we're essentially on everybody's side here rather than essentially willing to ignore anybody who is muslim. that's a problem we're facing as we speak. >> the hoodwink in all of this was that dick cheney was out there telling the american people that were weren't safe and that barack obama was doing things wrong, trying to change the subject, it's all very interesting. it would seem to me dick cheney would have known about the destruction of these tapes or am i wrong on that? >> doesn't seem like a bad guess to me, ed. >> jack rice, great to have you with us tonight. thanks so much. coming up, the brains behind iran contra affair may have stayed out of a prison on a technicality, but he can't escape "psycho talk" conviction after what he said about president obama. ali north, welcome to the zone. heartburn. let me show you. there's a new 24-hour heartburn formula that's different.
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and in "psycho talk" tonight on this friday night, lieutenant colonel oliver north takes a trip into the zone for the first time. you remember him. he was involved in the part of the reagan administration that conservatives like to pretend never happened. you know, when they sold weapons to iran and used cash to fund nick roggin rebels. last night he was on sean hannity's show. the man who made underhanded deals with iran had the gall to say this about president obama.
>> do you think barack obama is emboldening america's enemies? do you think he's showing weakness? >> certainly. he's done that consistently. one of the very few things that has not changed in this administration is this president's willing to denigrate our allies and essentially to walk away from the only real democracy in that part of the world. you know, no one can say it's because he's big on oil because he's not in the oil business. what is it? it's his core philosophy of being anti-american. >> it's all about oil, isn't it? not really, oli. it's about the truth. oliver north is calling president obama anti-american. of course, it's north who is the true american with a complete disregard of the law of the land. we all know just how american oli north was when he circumvented the congress with his involvement in iran contra. of course we all know oli north would never tell a lie under oath.
oliver north is a fraternity brother of john mccain and one of america's leading warmongers. and he is now very guilty of "psycho talk." coming up, goldman sachs may have made big bucks off the subprime mortgage meltdown, but today their stock melted down after they were charged with fraud. plus, tea parties, well, they want to keep the distance from both democrats and republicans. really? unusual how they're only targeting democrats this november. and mr. tan man thinks yesterday's tea party turnout is just a tip of the iceberg? heidi harris and stephanie miller will go after that when we come right back. (announcer) we're in the energy business. but we're also in the showing-kids- new-worlds business. and the startup-capital- for-barbers business. and the this-won't- hurt-a-bit business. because we don't just work here. we live here. these are our families. and our neighbors.
last night president obama si signed an execive order that would grant gay americans the right to visit their partners in the hospital and make medical decisions on their behalf. any hospital that refused to comply could lose its federal funding. on air force one, after he signed the order, the president picked up the phone and called janice landben. well, her story moved the president to do this. janice's partner of 18 years, lisa, died of a brain aneurism in 2007. neither janice nor the couple's four children were allowed into lisa's hospital room to see her before she passed away. the president apologized to janice and her children. his executive order won't have an immediate impact but it instructs the health human services agency to start making the changes. for more let me bring in james essex, the director of the aclu's lesbian, gay bisexual transgendered project. good to have you with us
tonight. >> good to be here. >> is this something that is long overdue and something the acli has been fighting for for a long time? >> i think this is long overdue and we're so pleased to see it happen. the story you just told about janice and her partner is, you know, something i think we're all moved by. but the thing is it's not a story that's a unique story. that's something we hear about again and again from all parts of the country. we hear about people being denied access in the emergency room and intensive care unit, to access to being with their partners who are in serious medical condition and need to have them with them. >> so the critics of this are going to say that this is probably one of the most liberal positions a president's ever taken on same-sex issues. what's your response to that? >> i'd say it's one of the most human positions that the president or any administration has taken. i mean, put yourself in the position of lisa -- janice and
her partner. i mean, any one of us who's made that kind of commitment, 18 years together, i think it devastating to any of us to be excluded from the room their partner is sick and in that case dying. >> what else needs to be done besides this executive order? >> there's a range of thing government can do. among them there's a law called the domestic partner benefits and obligations act that's before congress that would provide health care benefits for the domestic partners of federal workers. that would be a strong step. this is very important, because as i said earlier, this happens all over the country and it's an easy thing the president can do by himself. he doesn't need the help of congress. and it is such a wonderful human dignifying thing for him to recognize. >> did you expect the president to do this? because the gay and lesbian community hasn't been real too happy with the white house. >> look, we've had our differences and there have been disappointme disappointments, but this is something that the president could do by himself. he did it.
we're so happy and it's a recognition of the -- the relationships that we have and the harm that's really caused by again and again by people being excluded. >> mr. esseks, good to have you with us tonight. thanks so much for joining us. now a wall street outfit that made big-time bank off the subprime mortgage market. may finally face punishment. today the security exchange commission filed a lawsuit against goldman sachs for securities fraud. it claims goldman sachs' risky mortgage investments to customers while betting the house market would go bust. for more let me bring in jonathan alter on this, who writes, obviously, for "newsweek" and is a contributor at msnbc as political analyst. jonathan, what about this move? the president can't go far enough on this, can he? i mean, middle america is furious about the way things
have been handled in this regard. how popular is this going to be? >> well, i think it's going to be very popular, but remember this action was brought by the securities and exchanges commission, not by the obama white house as such. it's true there's new leadership at the sec. this is a very important step in restoring some accountability for the outrageous conduct of so many firms on wall street that helped to bring us to this sorry past that we have in this country now. so many of our economic problems flow from the financial engineering, the use of these exotic products. while this particular odious behavior didn't, itself, trigger the crisis, it's symptomatic of a culture of self-dealing on wall street. essentially what they were doing, they were, you know, selling one of these exotic
products, collateralized debt obligation, and then also advising their clients to shourd it, to predict it would decrease in value. talking out of both sides of their mouth at the same time. now goldman sachs is trying to lay it on like 1 31-year-old young trader as if there was a rogue in their outfit instead of it being something that was reflective of systemic problems at one of our, in the past, best respected financial firms. >> jonathan, doesn't this, for lack of a better term, grease the skids for financial reform? i mean, how can the republicans stand in the way of financial reform when you've got the major firm being charged with fraud? >> well, i think they will anyway. they're pretty dug in into their position. mitch mcconnell is in this kind of orwellian world where even
while he's carrying water for goldman sachs and all the other big banks he's trying to say this bill, which the banks are all tremendously opposed to, would somehow create permanent bailouts. it's like saying black is night, night is day, day is night and they think that the big lie technique and using these talking points that frank luntz gave to mitch mcconnell is going to lead to the defeat of the bill. this does improve its chances. it's extraordinary important this legislation pass and that people let their elected representatives know that we need this, particularly the consumer protection agency that will be established. if there had been a consumer protection agency, if we had had watch dogs that were more aggressive, not lap dogs as they were in the bush administration, maybe goldman may have been busted on this a long time ago. >> good to have you with us tonight on this. >> thanks, ed. let's get "rapid fire" response from our panel on these
stories. the tea partyers put out the list of seats they're targeting in 2010. there isn't a single republican on the list. so much for being this great independent movement. minority leader john boehner says the tea partyers are just the tip of the iceberg and republicans are working hard to earn their votes. all 3,500 of them in d.c. yesterday. and president obama says he's amused, as we all are, by the tea party protests. he thinks that they should be saying thank you. with us tonight, stephanie miller, nationally syndicated raid you talk show host. and heidi harry, radio talk show host out of las vegas with us tonight. all right, heidi, let's start with this one. the tea partyers -- mr. boehner says this is the tip of the iceberg. how is it you can have this big promotion, this run-up to what's going to happen at the freedom square in washington and you only get 3,500 people? what's happening with that? >> i don't know.
there are people all over the country who are still energized. i tell my listeners, stay focused until november to make major changes. it's the tip of the iceberg. people are very, very concerned about the direction of the country. i wouldn't give that a lot of credence. >> stephanie, me ice melting? what do you think? >> i think unfortunately in this scenario, ed, the republican party is the titanic, but thank you, boehner, for your thoughts on that. i mean, so far, ed, this is imploded on them in race after race, hasn't it? upstate new york and illinois. you know, the first race after health care reform passed a democrat won. so, you know, it seems to me the republicans are the ones that have to be worried. >> yeah, you know, they're such nice people. they hold up signs right there that said liberalism is a mental disorder. well, whatever. tea partyers say they're going to support candidates, heidi, that they really want to get behind but they happen to be all republicans. what about that? >> i guess they feel republicans are the right people with the right values for what they
believe in. they just endorsed a republican in nevada, sharon engel, for senate. that was kind of interesting to a lot of people because she wasn't the front-runner. they're looking beyond the front-runner, who has the most money. they're looking for things. they're entitled to do that if they want to. >> yeah, but they're not independent if they're going to go ahead and target nothing but democrats. you have them targeting senator lincoln, reid, specter and boxer. i mean -- >> what a great list to get rid of. >> this isn't a fair and balanced party anymore, is it, stephanie? >> ed, you know, people like you enattack heat for saying these people seem like far right racists then they just did this poll that showed they're kind of far right racists. they're an all-white, very -- even more conservative than republicans generally. this "the new york times"/cbs poll, ed, i'm sure you saw it, it shows exactly what we thought. >> they were out in full force, i guess across the country yesterday. i've never seen a demonstration or protest in washington, d.c.,
of 3,500 people get so much coverage. so they've got good promotional operators for sure. this is the president talking about tax protesting and too high of taxes. this is the president's reaction. >> in all we passed 25 different tax cuts last year. and one thing we haven't done is raise income taxes on families making less than $250,000 a year. another promise that we kept. i've been a little amused over the last couple days where people have been having these rallies. about taxes. you would think they would be saying thank you. that's what you'd think. >> heidi, harry, are you ready to say thank you to the president for cutting taxes? >> 4,300 people in nevada lost their jobs last month. thank you, harry reid. our unemployment is up to 13.4%. nobody is buying it in nevada. the stimulus package was
supposed to keep it low. where's my low tax? i haven't seen low taxes. >> oh, heidi, please -- >> give me a break. >> -- and my favorite thing is the signs of reagan at these rallies. taxes were higher under reagan. i mean, come on. reagan raised taxes four times. it's hilarious. i mean, almost as entertaining as the signs with the "n" word misspelled. i mean, please, ed. the poll bears out exactly who these people are. >> heidi, is the president telling the truth? the sound bite is, in all, we passed 25 different tax cuts last year. wasn't that the republican mantra that went the economy is down you always cut taxes to get the economy going again? isn't that a move you could go along with? >> you know what, i would if i believed it were true. i'm going it tell you something, gasoline is 3 bucks a gallon in los angeles. if people don't have jobs, what kind of tax are they going to be worried about? >> gas under bush was $4 a gallon. we're getting a good discount there under president obama. you know, seriously, the guy has
cut taxes since he's come into office and no republicans and no tea partyers, no protesters are willing to give the president credit for it. >> i haven't seen any results. the economy is still in the toilet. everybody knows it. what taxes has he cut that i've seen? want to name a few? i don't know what they are. >> stephanie, i'll give you that shot. i know what they are. we'll let heidi ask the questions here. >> i'm sorry. i missed that question. i mean, heidi, on every level you can -- you know, we were losing almost 800,000 jobs when george bush left office. we are doing in the right direction in every quantitative study, the stimulus obviously is working. we're going in the right direction. things are getting better. i mean, taxes were higher under reagan. i can't wait for the immigration debate, ed, because reagan was not only for, you know, gave amnesty to illegal aliens, you know, he was for zero nukes, everything they criticize the president for reagan was for and they are at the tea party with
the reagan signs. >> that's a good point. about taxes, taxes have gone up if you're a smoker. those are the only taxes that have gone up since president obama has come in on a federal level, anyway. maybe somebody in some county across america has raised property taxes or something like that which is done on a local and state level. this administration has not raised taxes. this democratic congress has not raised taxes, only on cigarettes. coming up, listen closely here now. this is for you. if speaker pelosi gets her way, the way you listen to radio may be coming to an end. holland cook will rock his way into the "playbook" tonight. that's next. nouncer ] green. once just a simple color. not anymore. now it describes everything we choose and buy. eat and drive. well, what if green could be simple again? as simple as say doing the laundry. presenting future friendly from p&g. the products you use every day designed to do one of three simple things:
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in my "playbook" for the first time nancy pelosi has come out in support of the performance-rights act, a bill that would require radio stations to pay a royalty to artists whose music they broadcast. pelosi said "artists deserve to be compensated for their work and rewarded for their contributions to our economy and culture." if this bill becomes law then the favorite radio station that you listen to for your favorite music would have to start writing checks to artists. so you may end up with a lot more talk radio in your market and a lot less music on your radio dial. joining me now is holland cook, talk radio consultant for mcveigh media and regular contributor to talker's magazine. holland, what does this mean? does this mean f.m. stations
have a big decision to make when this goes through? >> when you and i met dozens years ago in an a.m. station, your company brought me in to build the revenue. in the dozen years since talk radio is largely confined to a.m. stations. the number of talk stations could double if a bunch of f.m. stations decide they can't afford to write checks to big record companies. i think we're on the verge of a talk radio tsunami. >> talk radio tsunami. would that mean more conservative talk in america as if we don't have enough? >> hopefully this will give voice to the other great stuff underexposed in talk radio. there are a number of voices from the other side of the aisle, such as yours, who aren't heard on as many stations because the big stations are owned by the big company who owns, guess what? the rush limbaugh show, glenn beck and other righty stuff. so it would at least balance the
political conversation. what about dr. laura and dave ramsey and some of the other apolitical acts that mean so much to people who are sick and tired of this democrats bad/republicans good show? >> yeah, well, of course it would open up an avenue on f.m. talk or sports talk stations and such stuff as that. if you own in a medium-sized market you own a cluster of radio stations and can't write the checks to these artists, if this bill goes through, is this going to gut jobs? or is this going to create jobs? because you got to have the talk talent. >> time will tell. rush limbaugh was accused a dozen or so years ago of costing jobs because he replaced local hosts, but arguably they gave birth to jobs because other talkers, including yourself, came along. so time will tell. i think more talk is better than less talk. and clearly ipad, i pod, iphone,
pandora and other new platform devices are showing us that while music radio may not be extinct it is arguably obsolete, that people can program their own music station, if you will, without using f.m. >> of course, in every market there's a lousy rated f.m. station that's not generating revenue. so why in the heck would you write a check to play music on it? that's basically where it is so you're going to have to get innovative with program. will you see big simulcasting? would you see some more television-type audio being placed on f.m. stations across the country? >> the lowest-hanging fruit are the existing a.m. stations with a foundering f.m. sister station. fact is, 80% of time spent listening to radio is on f. m. no matter how good the a.m. programming is most people just aren't there. wbap in dallas/ft. worth, one of the biggest a. m. stations in
america, just added an f.m. the station i managed in washington, d.c., in the '80s was an a.m. station at the time and we always struggled with the geographic coverage we were confined to as an a.m. station. now it's on three f.m.s and it's number one. >> now, is this where congress -- is this -- do you think this is something congress should do? should they get involved in this? i mean, isn't this going to pay people for the work that they've done? the artists who, for years, have not gotten fair compensation for people playing their stuff? >> over 250 members of congress have signed a nonbinding resolution against these royalty payments. so the speaker's statement speaks volumes. this may be the next step toward the f.m. talk tsunami, but the labels are accusing radio of starving their artists. the labels do a fine job of starving their own artists. i speak to you tonight from cleveland, the home of rock 'n' roll. let's not forget that bo diddley
died near broke and doing bar gigs because the labels kept all the money. to this day if you buy an album download on itunes for $9.99, the artist only gets .99. it's a download. there's no overhead. where's the other 9 bucks going? a big foreign owned record label. >> holland cook, good to have you with us tonight. thanks so much. >> you bet. >> it is a changing world we're living in. one final page in "playbook" tonight. a major volcano in iceland is causing some of the worst travel disruptions since 9/11. the volcano affecting flights on six continents including flights in and out of the united states. european air traffic controllers report that 17,000 nights have been canceled today, alone, leaving almost a million people stuck far away from home. the ash is even affecting the united states military. there have been -- they've been forced to temporarily shut down two bases in great britain and
two in germany. travel disruptions are expected to continue tomorrow, and likely into next week. coming up, "daily show" co-creator lizz winstead will be here and have a double down on the bachmann/palin turkey sandwich. with a glass of tea party tax day, next in "club ed." it's a tasty, nutritious way to make this number go up... and help this one go down. v8. what's your number?
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co-creator of "daily show." next weekend lizz is going to be at the bridgetown comedy festival in portland, oregon. follow her on twitter at twitter.com/lizzwinstead. what did you make of the tea party deal going on this week? >> ed, again, michele bachmann, the pied viper strikes. i realize a pattern with michele bachmann. if you want to be able to tell how she's lying, watch her mouth and it moves and then words come out. >> she does do a lot of that. >> yeah. >> okay. what's this kfc double-down sandwich? have you tried that yet? >> i brought one. >> oh, you did? >> here -- it is singly -- michelle obama might be too late for america with the nutrition. here it is. it's an undiscernible piece of food with undiscernible food
product inside and it's the color of john boehner. it is so -- ed, food should not look like a crime scene. it just should be a rule of thumb if you're going to eat it. >> i take it you're not going to try it on looks, right? >> i don't know what it is. i don't believe it's chicken. i would like to see the dental records of the chicken to mike sure it actually lived. oh, wait, chickens don't have dental records. i don't know. it's foul. i mean, it's -- i -- i just oent don't know what america, like, michelle obama's work with nutrition is so insane. i'm just waiting for applebies to open up a wall of onion where it's just a big fried onion wall and americans just go graze on it for three minutes standing in a mote of gravy. that's where we're heading. >> all right. a lot of frustrated people on the planet because of this volcano. this ash that is canceling these flights. one thing i've noticed is that nobody seems to be able to pronounce the name.
>> we rely on the need you to el us something, especially a volcano epic that it's justing down the airport. how do you say it? >> it's a volcano. the spelling is different than the pronunciation of it. >> it's a big volcano. i call it the big. it is a volcano. i think you pronounce it shar day. >> your website for the comedy festival coming up in oregon. tell us about it. >> it's a great festival. it's three days of comedy, music, pod cast with amazing dana guld -- >> you'll outdo them all, kid doe. >> oh, ed. >> great to have you on. >> don't eat the chicken. >> i'll miss it. tonight in our text question survey i asked you, do you think o'reilly and hannity deliberately lie to their viewers? 90% of you said yes. 10% of you said no. i'm in the 90%.
that's "the ed show." i'm ed schultz. for more information go to ed.msnbc.com or check out my radio website at wegoted.com. "hardball" with chris matthews starts right now. see you monday on "the ed show." have a great weekend. can you hear me now? let's play "hardball." good evening. i'm chris matthews in washington. leading off tonight, as orwellian as it gets. you know how republicans have the bogus claim health care reform would create death panels? now they're fighting reform on wall street by saying it helps with endless bailouts. harry reid called their position as orwellian as it gets. meaning words mean the opposite of what they intend. can the gop do to financial reform what it did to health care? and will democrats let them get away with it? also, how's president obama doing? the answer to that question depends on whom you ask.
his big one on health care, his summit to stop the spread of nuclear weapons. his wall street reform push. give him good marks here in washington, but beyond the washington beltway, that freeway that surrounds the city, obama has not rung the bell. what is it that washington knows that the rest of the country doesn't know? what is it that obama lacks that the guy out in rural america has noticed? plus, right face, backwards march. what do you call a political party that's so conservative florida's charlie crist and utah's conservative robert bennett need not apply? you call it the republican party. is this a winning strategy or political suicide? speaking of lurching to the right, we have michele bachmann calling the obama administration, catch this, a gangster government. does she have any appreciation those words have consequences? bill clinton is warning republicans' demonization of democrats could stir up anti-american, or anti-government violence. finally, could someone please tell congressman todd